The UNESCO World Organization submitted the idea of creating this painting to the famous artist Glazunov. Of course, such an honor and his recognition on the world stage greatly flattered the talent of the artist, but the task was not easy for him. How it would be possible to express in one picture all the brightest cultural values of the Russian people, which have been collected for centuries and bit by bit, and moreover, each of them deserves a separate canvas, which would be depicted with all the details, and perhaps not one .
In this picture alone, it was necessary to include a reflection of the culture of the entire multinational country of the Soviets, while capturing their centuries-old cultural layer.
The canvas resembles a collage. Each detail of it is its own special story, its own special contribution. They do not connect among themselves in a single semantic composition. Rather, they resemble some passages, which is fully consistent with the nature of the picture and its main idea.
In the center of the picture is a close-up of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. His image immediately catches the eye. The artist thus emphasized the importance and strength of Pushkin in his contribution to Russian and world culture. We cannot but agree that Pushkin is really our everything. His bust is depicted larger in relation to other characters.
Immediately after Pushkin, Dostoevsky is guessed. His image is also drawn quite large and detailed. On the right side of the canvas, we can also notice the notorious Gogol and Lomonosov, as well as many other great writers and artists. In the very corner of the right side of the picture is the ancient culture of Russia. All periodicals of cultural development are depicted on the canvas in chronological order from left to right.
The origin and development of culture takes from Kievan Rus and icon painting. Next is the church and the monument to Yuri Dolgoruky, the founder of Moscow. Then in the background we can see the view of the Neva - right behind Pushkin is the beautiful St. Petersburg, the northern capital. On the left side are the most modern representatives of the culture of Russia - here are Chekhov and Blok. Behind them is the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. And in the upper left corner is Yuri Gagarin, who has opened space for us.
Painting by Princess Tarakanova